Originally published Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Local books: Eco-fads, Mayan end times, pretty hearses and Apolo Ohno

New in local books: the rise of eco-fads, Brenda Cooper's novel of the Mayan end times, a new bed-and-breakfast mystery by Mary Daheim and a look at how dyslexia may create opportunities as well as problems. Plus Apolo Ohno's memoir, new in paperback.

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"Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment" by Todd Myers (WashingtonPolicyCenter,$26.95). Myers, environmental-center director for the Washington Policy Center, argues that some "green" regulations, such as standards for environmentally green buildings, actually create more environmental damage than they prevent. "As environmental consciousness has become socially popular, eco-fads supplant objective data," says the publisher. Myers will appear at a release party for the book at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; free (206-937-9691).

"Mayan December" by Brenda Cooper (Prime,$14.95). Seattle-area science-fiction author Cooper's latest novel tells the story of Alice Cameron, a scientist devoted to studying ancient Mayan culture, who heads with her daughter to the Yucatan in December 2012 for a summit of world leaders, along with other scholars and "end-of-the-world crazies." Complications ensue. Cooper and author Louise Marley ("The Brahms Deception") read at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Seattle's University Book Store (206-634-3400;

"All the Pretty Hearses: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery" by Mary Daheim (Morrow,$23.99). Seattle author Daheim's latest installment in her bed-and-breakfast mystery series finds B&B owner Judith McMonigle Flynn struggling with a very picky couple who have won a donated meal and a night's stay in an auction. Meanwhile, her husband, Joe, is in jail as a murder suspect.

"The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain" by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide (HudsonStreetPress,$25.95). Two Edmonds-based specialists in dyslexia write about the dyslexic brain, and how its structure offers opportunities as well as problems. While dyslexia has its distinct challenges, it also can offer advantages in areas such as "spatial reasoning, narrative/episodic memory, and big picture thinking," according to the publisher.

"Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday" by Apolo Ohno with Alan Abrahamson (Atria, $15). New in paperback: the Seattle native and champion speed skater's memoir, in which he shares "hard-won truths and strategies" he has learned along the way, according to the publisher.

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